The American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA) was appalled to learn of a case of alleged animal cruelty involving the deaths of 15 sheep on a solar electric site in Vermont
The American Solar Grazing Association was founded to research, identify, and promote best practices in animal husbandry and grazing on solar sites. ASGA was appalled to learn of a case of alleged animal cruelty involving the deaths of 15 sheep on a solar electric site in Vermont
While we are not an enforcement agency, we identify the sheep, chickens, honeybees, and other domesticated animals kept on solar sites as complex living beings that require regular monitoring and management to promote and sustain their health and vigor, as well as the ecological health of the solar site.
“In a properly managed solar grazing operation, sheep and other livestock receive adequate drinking water, nutritionally appropriate forage and dietary supplements, protection from predators, and routine veterinary care,” says Jonathan Barter, President of the ASGA board of directors. “The individual in question is not a farmer, they aren’t versed in animal husbandry, and they are not representative of ASGA or our industry.”
ASGA provides a wide array of resources to support responsible, accountable, and humane solar grazing for farmers, solar site developers, and local governments.
Such practices promote animal health and wellbeing, improve the ecological function and agricultural value of solar sites, and support local economies.
Our fact sheets include an overview of solar and other multiuse farming practices, as well as a checklist of considerations for shepherds and solar site managers.
We also provide ongoing education and a growing community of support through monthly webinars to educate parties interested in solar grazing.
The ASGA Board of Directors